A classically-trained wordsmith (no, she did not write that menu she’s holding), Chelsea is a former creative gone rogue. Now instead of spending hours crafting taglines, she spends her time at Vitamin T San Francisco finding her fellow digital creatives jobs where they can truly rock it.
You’ll love seeing her answers to our 11 Quick Questions, then you’ll find out her favorite place to keep up with the digital world, how to make your first freelance day great, and (of course), her guilty song pleasure.
- Describe your city in 5 words. Ahh, San Francisco. Five words is definitely not enough. But if I had to choose I'd say... Sassy. Effervescent. Innovative. Delectable. Energetic.
- Best advice to any manager conducting an interview? The best thing a manager can do is ask questions to make sure this person fits with the culture and the philosophy of their business. Are you going to want to talk to this person every morning before you've had coffee? Will they participate in company rock-climbing outings? Are they going to stay all night and burn that oil on a project or are they always going to want to go home at 5:05pm, regardless? How this person works with your team is just as important as their competency in their job skills. Ask questions to get to know this person, and if they have true passion for their work it will shine through!
- Biggest mistake people make on their resumes? Don't make up crazy titles for yourself! No gurus or ninjas or rockstars. Your energy and competency should shine through your work and your personality, not in a title you made up for yourself. And be specific about what you've done. Vague statements about your "ability to work well under pressure" are not convincing. But a list of real results or awards you've won at a job are.
- Favorite place to keep up with changes in the digital world? TWITTER! Seriously, it's the groundswell, people. Everything you want to know about the Internet is on there. It's this amazing balance of content exchanges and relationship building. It's about connecting with the most knowledgeable people in the digital industry. I mean where else do you get the chance to interact with the CEO of a company you admire? If you're awesome and engaged, these role models of great companies will interact back with you and that is priceless!
- Advice for freelancers to make their first day a successful one? Be nice to EVERYONE. From the receptionist to the interns to (obviously) your creative director. Be chatty, get outside your comfort zone, and make sure people know you. You're there to do great work. Make sure the team you join knows your name and knows you're there to help! As a freelancer especially, there's endless opportunity for people to invite you back, or even better, refer your name. You want to be known as the person who rocked their work, as well as kept a smile on the whole time though your hustle. Never lose that.
- Next big thing in digital? The Internet Of Things. It's not there yet. QR codes are still not cool. But once it get's there, it's going to change everything.
- Best example of awesome UX? I'm a huge list maker. So if you haven't used Any.do on mobile, DO IT. It's great. Very clean design, and the UX works effortlessly. Lots of opportunity to do those swipey motions, which I love.
- Who rocks your world on Twitter? @Buffer.
- Favorite type or font? Matthew Carter's Georgia.
- Traits that clients ask for most? People want to see HUSTLE! I have clients who come to me saying that the reason they let their last person go was because they weren't a go-getter. There wasn't enough fire in them. They weren't proactive. If you want to have an amazing career, do things before you're asked. Jump on any and every project you can handle. Because any boss will love and appreciate your effort. They welcome the opportunity to try to slow people down instead of having to try and find ways to motivate them to pick up the pace.
- Guilty song pleasure? I'm not even sorry. I'm a shameless Justin Timberlake lover. He's got so much class it hurts. It’s gotta be "Rock Your Body."